NIPPLE CACTUS, Pincushion cactus, Biznaga de
chilitos, Little Chile
Mammillaria heyderi - Cactaceae, Cactus Family
DESCRIPTION: Globose or round-shaped, dark green or bluish-green, central
spines all straight.
Height: To 2-1/2 inches tall and
5 inches across.
Flowers: Small, 1-1/2 inches wide, white, brownish, pinkish, or pale purple. February through April. Form crown like circle around top
Fruit: Small, red, club-shaped
Growth rate: Slow
Sun: Partial sun, prefers shade.
Soil: Any, but commonly found
in clay soils
Water: Do not over water
Maintenance: Best if left alone
NATIVE HABITAT: Found throughout the Lower
Rio Grande Valley in the shade
WILDLIFE USE: Flowers provide nectar and pollen for insects. Fruit is eaten by birds, small mammals and Texas tortoises.
COMMENTS: Showy flowers followed by a bright red ring of fruit.